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    My Dh is redoing a closet in a spare bedroom for me to store all my sewing things. My question is: I can design it any way i choose but am unsure what kind of shelving to put in. Would you use the white wire shelves or wood? Or maybe both? I need to keep the cost at a minimum but i want to do it right the first time. Any advise would be appreciated greatly!!

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    No. 1 thing that comes to mind for me is keep it flexible. I would definitely start with adjustable shelves. Whether they're wood or wire. Adjustable is a must have for me.

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    No. 1 thing that comes to mind for me is keep it flexible. I would definitely start with adjustable shelves. Whether they're wood or wire. Adjustable is a must have for me.

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    No. 1 thing that comes to mind for me is keep it flexible. I would definitely start with adjustable shelves. Whether they're wood or wire. Adjustable is a must have for me.

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    I personally don't care for the wire shelves. My husband insisted on them for the laundry room & garage. Guess what? Things fall thru them, things don't set squarely unless you set them on the wires just right. It is a constant balancing act. I can't wait until mine wear out & I can replace them with wood shelves.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltnCowgirl
    I personally don't care for the wire shelves. My husband insisted on them for the laundry room & garage. Guess what? Things fall thru them, things don't set squarely unless you set them on the wires just right. It is a constant balancing act. I can't wait until mine wear out & I can replace them with wood shelves.
    I concur! I would not use the wire shelves. Definitely wood. Good luck!

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    Hmm, for fabric yardage, I like the wire shelves. We did all the closets in the condo in '92 when we moved in and long before I became a quilter. We even use an Elfa stack next to the washer dryer unit as our "linen closet" because the washer/dryer takes up almost all of the space that used to be the linen closet. For drawers, they make liners to keep stuff from falling thru, but I haven't had that problem in the closet shelves, but again I store stuff on those shelves that isn't going to fall thru!

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    ditto, no wire.

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    Adjustable shelving definitely.
    Once you figure out how you want to fold/wrap your fabrics you can adjust the shelving accordingly to maximize space.
    Wire shelving isn't so bad if you are using containers, or have some sort of acid-free shelf lining.

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    One thing to think about also...I've heard that some wooden shelving can stain fabric. You might have to line them with something before you put your fabric on them.

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    I like the adjustable wood shelves. Easier to keep things stright.

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    If you do wire.. have plexiglass cut to cover the wire so.. stuff will not fall through and your fabrics will lay as flat as possible.
    Wood can stain the fabrics ... so make sure its a polyurethane finish, that has cured for several days before any real volume of fabric is placed on it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltnCowgirl
    I personally don't care for the wire shelves. My husband insisted on them for the laundry room & garage. Guess what? Things fall thru them, things don't set squarely unless you set them on the wires just right. It is a constant balancing act. I can't wait until mine wear out & I can replace them with wood shelves.
    Don't wait for them to wear out. Buy some boards, have them cut to size and put them over the wire.

    I don't like wire, either. Can you tell?

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    Suggest putting at least one cedar board in the closet - Cedar helps repel bugs - and that can't be bad for fabric.

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    I would not do wire, nor real wood. They make a laminate shelving that you can purchase in various lengths. You can get it in faux (fake) wood grain if you want that "look" or you can buy it in white for a cleaner finish. Both are priced about the same. I just bought two pieces of the "wood grained" that were 8 x 24 and they were $4.95 each. They do come in wider and longer pieces, naturally the prices increase with the size. Unfortunately, this is not going for fabric storage, it is additional shelving in a book case. Lucky you for a crafty Hubby!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lori S
    If you do wire.. have plexiglass cut to cover the wire so.. stuff will not fall through and your fabrics will lay as flat as possible.
    Wood can stain the fabrics ... so make sure its a polyurethane finish, that has cured for several days before any real volume of fabric is placed on it.
    That just seems like doubling the expense, but I'm a cheapskate, or so I've been told. :lol:

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    i like the white shelving (wood)

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    you can buy shelving at home depot that is already painted. works great. they'll cut it to size for you

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    Quote Originally Posted by SuziC
    My Dh is redoing a closet in a spare bedroom for me to store all my sewing things. My question is: I can design it any way i choose but am unsure what kind of shelving to put in. Would you use the white wire shelves or wood? Or maybe both? I need to keep the cost at a minimum but i want to do it right the first time. Any advise would be appreciated greatly!!
    My son helped turn my walk-in closet into a fabulous storage space. The shelves came from IKEA and they work fabulously for me. Hope my photos help you to decide.
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    WHOA!!! first words out of my mouth. Looks like a store. I guess if mine was all out in the open and folded like that I would have one too. Can't wit til DD from WY comes home to help me this spring sometime. Pretty fabrics.

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    Quote Originally Posted by connie_1936
    you can buy shelving at home depot that is already painted. works great. they'll cut it to size for you
    Painted? Are you sure? I think you are talking about the laminates. :-D

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    Quote Originally Posted by amyjo
    WHOA!!! first words out of my mouth. Looks like a store. I guess if mine was all out in the open and folded like that I would have one too. Can't wit til DD from WY comes home to help me this spring sometime. Pretty fabrics.
    My thoughts exactly!

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    do wood if money is an issue. BUT you have to completely seal it, to avoid the oils/acids from leaching onto the fabric.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joanie2
    Quote Originally Posted by SuziC
    My Dh is redoing a closet in a spare bedroom for me to store all my sewing things. My question is: I can design it any way i choose but am unsure what kind of shelving to put in. Would you use the white wire shelves or wood? Or maybe both? I need to keep the cost at a minimum but i want to do it right the first time. Any advise would be appreciated greatly!!
    My son helped turn my walk-in closet into a fabulous storage space. The shelves came from IKEA and they work fabulously for me. Hope my photos help you to decide.
    I would PREFER this myself!

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    Cedar, Can damage some fabric. When I was about---,I put an internation doll, in my cchest. Moved 20 yrs later.long storie. the doll's dress was disclored. My Dad,gave it to me At 10yrs Only glassware get put in now Tinker

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